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8/9/05

Willie McCool's Friends Reflect on Shuttle Discovery Landing

Space Shuttle Discovery landed successfully at Edwards Air Force Base in California early Tuesday morning.

Thunderstorms in Cape Canaveral, Florida, prevented its scheduled landing there. The landing marks the end of the 14-day trip and completes the first successful shuttle mission since the Columbia disaster. A friend of fallen astronaut and Coronado graduate Willie McCool tells us he has been watching the mission closely.

"I was apprehensive in watching it land, but once it got on the ground there was a sigh of relief along with a lump in your throat and you think that could've been Columbia. That should've been Columbia," said McCool's friend, Dale Somers.

Somers went to high school with McCool, and was there the day Columbia was launched. He said Tuesday's landing does not provide closure. But, he knows the family and friends of those lost are pleased to see this program succeed again.

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